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Toktam Hosseinzadeh

MA work

A Drum within a Drum

This project proposes a cinema with a 180-degree screen in the sinking shaft at the Brunel Museum adjacent the Thames in Rotherhithe. 

The sinking shaft was originally formed to facilitate the digging of the Thames pedestrian tunnel by Marc Brunel and his son. This was the world’s first tunnel under a river and took eighteen years to construct. The existing interior is a cylindrical underground volume that is a remarkable dark, rough textured, subterranean space. After being neglected for many years the site reopened in 2016 when it was transformed into a performance space by Tate Harmer Architects.

The strategy for this project is one of insertion – a new illuminated drum is placed within the existing drum and the void between the two is occupied by a staircase that transports cinema goers down into the auditorium and bar. As they circulate visitors are taken on a tonal journey from light to dark. The vertical fins that define the auditorium form a tonal gradation from white to black.




  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Interior Design, 2018

  • Highly creative, work–focused designer noted for a strong educational background in interior architecture/design and effective communication skills. Distinguished for reliability with respect to quality of work and meeting project deadlines. Noted for a keen eye for detail and for using lateral as well as linear thinking for design-based problems.

  • Degrees

  • BA Interior Architecture and Design, First Class Honours, Middlesex University, 2015; Interior Design Course, First Class Honours equivalent, Meshkat University of Mashhad/Iran, 2010; BA in Teaching of English, First class Honours, Azad University of Mashhad, Iran, 2000; Diploma in Cookery, 2012; Diploma in Dressmaking, 1996
  • Experience

  • Interior Design assistant in Prince project, WKK (Architects company), 2015-2016; Designer, Design Office of Brelian Real Estate Company, Mashhad, Iran, 2009 - 2010 DESIGNER
  • Awards

  • Winner of The Best Design Progress Prize at the 2015 Art & Design degree show.
  • Conferences

  • Publications